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Ed PearlmanInstructor: Ed Pearlman | Tuition: $150 | Ages 15+
Tuesdays: 6:15-7:15 pm | 10 Sessions: Oct. 6 – Dec. 8 | 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27; 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24; 12/1, 12/8

In this class, we’ll learn (or take a tour of) a new fiddle tune each week (other instruments welcome) with a focus on how to learn by ear.   The only material available in advance will be a recording of the tune.

During the class, students will learn techniques of listening to note patterns, phrases, and using bowings and tune structure to sew everything together as we learn (rather than memorize) our tunes.  We’ll review all our tunes in each class, so there will be plenty of chances to play them.

Support materials, including recordings of phrases, patterns, and eventually sheet music, will be available online for practice and review.

Ed PearlmanInstructor: Ed Pearlman | Tuition: $150 | Ages: 15+
Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm | 10 Sessions:  Oct. 6-Dec. 8 | 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27;  11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24; 12/1, 12/8

Gain a good grounding in playing the violin through the fiddle traditions.

Learn ergonomic ways to play, and enjoy some good tunes from different cultures and at different tempos. It’s easier than you probably think, and you can’t start any younger!

All supporting materials will be provided online.

Titus AbbottInstructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $150 | All Ages
Wednesdays, 7:15-8:15 pm or 8:15-9:15 as negotiated | 9 Sessions: Sept. 23-Nov. 18 | 9/23, 9/30; 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28; 11/4, 11/11, 11/18

» The class is offered each semester and is scheduled based on interest.

This is an informal survey of jazz from the early days of New Orleans right up to the present day in New York City and Europe.  The focus is on listening to recordings and discussing developments and influences.

The bulk of the course will cover early Be Bop to the present day including free jazz and the loft scene.

Titus AbbottInstructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $150 | All Ages
Wednesdays, 7:15-8:15 pm or 8:15-9:15 as negotiated | 9 Sessions: Sept. 23-Nov. 18 | 9/23, 9/30; 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28; 11/4, 11/11, 11/18

» The class is offered each semester and is scheduled based on interest.

This course covers jazz theory from basic chords and scales to chord substitutions and altered scales.

The focus is on aural understanding with the use of recorded samples and demonstrations on piano or saxophone.

An introduction to basic jazz composition concepts is also introduced.

Instructor: Shelley Wilcox | Tuition: $200 |  Boys and Girls Grades 2-4
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm | 15 Sessions: Sept. 9-Dec. 16 | 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30; 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28; 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25; 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

Based on classical pedagogy, our youngest singers work toward healthy voice production in a fun, lively group setting. Melodic and rhythmic patterns, meter, dynamics, breathing, diction, blend, and beginning stage presence are introduced within the context of our repertoire.

Amabile singers perform unison songs, ostinatos, descants, rounds, and partner songs, as they make friends and work toward common goals.

Our Fall Recital will be a virtual gathering. We hope to be able to hold an in-person recital in the spring, but if not, it will be a virtual gathering.

Come celebrate the beautiful voices of the Boy Singers of Maine and the Girl Singers of Maine.

Instructor: Shelley Wilcox | Tuition: $200 |  Boys and Girls Grades 5-7
Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm | 15 Sessions: Sept. 8-Dec. 15 | 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29; 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27; 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24; 12/1, 12/8, 12/15

Based on classical pedagogy, our Anima singers work toward healthy voice production in a fun, lively group setting. Sight-singing, foreign language diction, resonance, breathing, vowel formation, 2-part harmony, ear-training, and storytelling are taught within the context of our repertoire. Our singers gain confidence and independence as they make friends, and work toward common goals.

Anima performances include repertoire showcasing our boy’s ensemble and our girl’s ensemble separately, as well as repertoire for our combined choir.

Our Fall Recital will be a virtual gathering. We hope to be able to hold an in-person recital in the spring, but if not, it will be a virtual gathering.

Come celebrate the beautiful voices of the Boy Singers of Maine and the Girl Singers of Maine.

Instructor: Shelley Wilcox | Tuition: $200 | Young Men and Young Women  Grades 8-12
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm | 15 Sessions: Sept. 9-Dec. 16 | 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30; 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28; 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25; 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

Accommodations will be made  for the flexible scheduling of soloists, small ensembles, and large  ensembles.

As their relationship with music deepens and their performances become more nuanced, our most advanced singers develop their own musical identities. They perform a repertoire drawn from diverse cultures, styles, and genres, including opera and musical theater. They develop life-long bonds with friends with whom they share common goals.

These young men and women have the opportunity to give back to the greater Portland community through the sharing of their performances with multigenerational audiences.

Our Fall Recital will be a virtual gathering. We hope to be able to hold an in-person recital in the spring, but if not, it will be a virtual gathering.

Come celebrate the beautiful voices of the Boy Singers of Maine and the Girl Singers of Maine.

IN-PERSON

John BennettInstructor: John Bennett | Tuition: $100 | 10-Adult
Thursdays 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | 10 Sessions: Sept. 24 – Dec. 3 | 9/24;  10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29; 11/5, 11/12,  11/19; 12/3

Cello Choir is a cello ensemble class devoted to playing four part compositions and arrangements. One third of the class will be to practice and improve sight reading skills, and the rest of the time will be spent working on several pieces to be performed at the end of the semester. Come and experience the joy and beauty of cellos singing together!

  • Materials will be provided
  • Prerequisite: Some sight reading
  • Preferred skill level: Intermediate to Advanced

Please contact the PCM office if you’re interested in the class.

Instructor: Laura del Sol Jiménez | Tuition: $700 | Ages 8-12
Saturdays, 10:00 am-1:00 pm | 12 Sessions: Sept. 12-Dec. 5 | 9/12, 9/19, 9/26; 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31; 11/7, 11/14, 11/21; 12/5

The Karger College Preparatory Program is a competitive and professionally oriented course dedicated to the musical and personal growth of talented young musicians. The program provides comprehensive conservatory-style musical education within a nurturing environment for students in grades 8 to 12.

Interested Karger program students need to audition for acceptance into the program.

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ONLINE or IN-PERSON

Titus AbbottInstructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $150 | Ages: 12-19
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm |  9 Sessions:  Sept. 23-Nov. 18 | 9/23, 9/30; 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28; 11/4, 11/11, 11/18
¦¦ We’ll supplement the online class with in-person sessions as appropriate.

This improvisation class is for traditional jazz instrumentation of bass, drums, piano, guitar, brass and woodwinds. It’s best for intermediate students developing jazz improvisation skills.

Students improvise on jazz standards and then incorporate more contemporary jazz material. A performance at the end of the class is planned, as well as master classes with local musicians.

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Titus AbbottInstructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $150 | Ages: 12-19
Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 pm | 9 Sessions: Sept. 23-Nov. 18  |  9/23, 9/30; 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28; 11/4, 11/11, 11/18
¦¦ We’ll supplement the online class with in-person sessions as appropriate.

This improvisation class is for players with some prior experience in a jazz band or jazz combo who want to learn to improvise in both traditional and non-traditional styles.

The class focuses on improvising on standard and contemporary jazz material. An intro to jazz composition, free jazz improv and group improv along with an end of session performance are planned.

Master classes with local musicians are incorporated.

Audition required.

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Titus AbbottInstructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $150 | Ages: 18+
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm | 9 Sessions: Sept. 23-Nov. 18 |  9/23, 9/30; 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28; 11/4, 11/11, 11/18
¦¦ We’ll supplement the online class with in-person sessions as appropriate.

This improvisation class is for adults who play traditional jazz instruments or strings at an intermediate level and who can read basic melodies or learn by ear. The class introduces students to standards and jazz blues charts. An introduction to free jazz improv and group improv leads to an end of session performance.

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